Rare Science Fiction & Mystery Books for Sale Online

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  • "You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily": First Edition of A Canticle For Leibowitz; Inscribed By Walter Miller, Jr.

    Miller Jr., Walter M.

    A Canticle For Leibowitz.

    Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1959.

    First edition of the author’s landmark novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Ben Best Regards Walter Miller Jr. 5-28-60.” Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books inscribed by Walter Miller Jr. are fairly uncommon, even more so in the year of publication.

    Price: $8,000.00

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  • "One of the most groundbreaking and influential novels of all time—and one of the best": First Edition of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange; Signed by Him

    Burgess, Anthony.

    A Clockwork Orange.

    London: Heinemann, 1962.

    First edition of Burgess’ classic novel. Octavo, original black boards, titles to spine in gilt. Signed by Anthony Burgess on the title page. An excellent example with some toning to the page edges in a near fine professionally repaired dust jacket and with the wide flaps showing light wear to the spine extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Jacket design by Barry Trengrove. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $8,800.00

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  • "One of the most groundbreaking and influential novels of all time—and one of the best": First Edition of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange; Inscribed by Him Using his real and pen name To His Physician

    Burgess, Anthony.

    A Clockwork Orange.

    London: Heinemann, 1962.

    First edition of Burgess’ landmark novel. Octavo, original black boards, titles to spine in gilt. Association copy, inscribed by the author under his legal name on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Dr McMichael—a substitute appendix from John B. Wilson June 1962.” The recipient, John McMichael had treated Burgess’ wife after a suicide attempt, and the author would later dedicate his 1966 novel Tremor of Intent to him. Near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the wide flaps. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Jacket design by Barry Trengrove. This is the first example we have seen or heard of bearing his real name, an exceptional example.

    Price: $20,000.00

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  • "Fear cuts deeper than swords” First Edition of the first Volume in the Author’s Acclaimed Series; Warmly Inscribed by George R.R. Martin

    Martin, George R.R.

    A Game of Thrones.

    New York: Bantam, 1996.

    First edition of the first book in the author’s acclaimed Game of Thrones series. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Paul, May your summers all be bountiful. George R.R. Martin.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Tom Hallman. Book design by James Sinclair.

    Price: $1,450.00

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  • "A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge": A Game of Thrones, Twentieth Anniversary Edition; Signed by George R.R. Martin

    Martin, George R.R.

    A Game of Thrones. The Illustrated Edition: Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire.

    New York: Bantam Books, 2016.

    First illustrated edition of the twentieth anniversary edition. Octavo, original boards, cartographic endpapers. Signed by George R.R. Martin on the title page. Foreword by John Hodgman.

    Price: $1,400.00

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  • "Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write": First Edition of What is considered Ruth Rendell’s Greatest Works A Judgement in Stone; Signed by her

    Rendell, Ruth.

    A Judgement in Stone.

    London: Hutchinson, 1977.

    First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ruth Rendell on the title page. Near fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • "Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write": First Edition of What is considered Ruth Rendell’s Greatest Works A Judgement in Stone; Signed by her

    Rendell, Ruth.

    A Judgement in Stone.

    London: Hutchinson, 1977.

    First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ruth Rendell on the title page. Near fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • First edition of John Le Carre's Legacy of Spies: A Novel; Signed by Him

    le Carre, John.

    A Legacy of Spies: A Novel.

    New York: Viking, 2017.

    First American edition of le Carre’s first Smiley novel in over twenty-five years. Octavo, original boards. Signed by John le Carre on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $300.00

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  • First Edition of Ray Bradbury's A Medicine for Melancholy; lengthily inscribed by him

    Bradbury, Ray.

    A Medicine For Melancholy: Stories of Wonder and Delight.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1959.

    First edition of Bradbury’s short story collection. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Ray Bradbury on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Sid – A wanderer in unseen countries – from one who has followed in his footsteps – and for – with admiration – June! Ray Bradbury 2/2/59.” The recipient, Sidney L. Stebel is an American writer, creative writing teacher, filmographer and was a personal friend of Bradbury’s. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Joseph Mugniani.

    Price: $400.00

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  • "The invitation would commit him to nothing more crucial than seeing that she had a pleasant evening and paying the bill. And a man was surely entitled to call his own publishers": First Edition of A Mind To Murder; Lengthily Inscribed by P.D. James

    James, P.D.

    A Mind To Murder.

    London: Faber and Faber, 1963.

    First edition of the author’s second book. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by the author on the title page with a transcription from the novel as follows, “The invitation would commit him to nothing more crucial than seeing that she had a pleasant evening and paying the bill. And a man was surely entitled to call his own publishers P.D. James.” The inscription is from the final sentence of this novel. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Charles Mozley. Rare and desirable, especially with such a lengthy inscription and in this condition.

    Price: $11,500.00

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  • First Edition of Ruth Rendell's A New Lease of Death; Signed by Her

    Rendell, Ruth.

    A New Lease of Death.

    London: John Long, 1967.

    First edition of the second Inspector Wexford novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ruth Rendell on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by William Randell.

    Price: $1,750.00

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  • First Easton Press Edition of A Swiftly Tilting Planet; Signed by Madeleine L'Engle

    L'Engle, Madeleine.

    A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

    Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 2004.

    First Easton Press edition of the author’s third book in her acclaimed Time Quartet. Octavo, bound in full leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front panel, all edges gilt, silk endpapers. Signed by Madeleine L’Engle on the title page. In fine condition.

    Price: $300.00

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  • First Edition of John Grisham’s First Book A Time To Kill; Inscribed by Him In the Year of Publication

    Grisham, John.

    A Time To Kill: Novel of Retribution.

    New York: Wynwood Press, 1989.

    First edition of Grisham’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “For Louise Campbell Good to see you again. I hope you enjoy it. Best Wishes John Grisham 8-10-89.” The recipient were friends at college. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Susanne DeMarco. A nice association.

    Price: $4,200.00

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  • INSCRIBED BY GRAHAM GREENE TO IAN FLEMING

    Greene, Graham (Ian Fleming).

    A Visit To Morin.

    London: Heinemann, 1959.

    First edition of this short story by the award winning-author. Octavo, original green cloth. Limited to 250 copies. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Ian Fleming and his wife, “For Ian + Anne Fleming with all good wishes for the grim season from Graham Greene Christmas 1960.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a stray pen mark to the front panel and some smudges. A magnificent association copy between two of the greatest spy novelists of the twentieth century. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $30,000.00

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  • "Tesser Well": First Edition of Madeleine L'Engle’s Newbery Award-Winning Novel A Wrinkle In Time; Inscribed by Her

    L'Engle, Madeleine.

    A Wrinkle In Time.

    New York: Ariel Books, 1962.

    First edition of L’Engle’s Newbery award-winning novel. Octavo, original half blue cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Sam, Tesser Well Madeleine L’Engle.” Light wear to the bottom boards, near fine in a very near fine first issue dust jacket that shows some light wear and a closed tear to the front panel. Without the Newbery Award-winning seal to the front panel. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.

    Price: $16,000.00

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  • First Edition of Nicholas Mosley's Accident; Inscribed by Him

    Mosley, Nicholas.

    Accident.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1965.

    First edition of the author’s most well known work. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light wear. Inscribed by Nicholas Mosley on the title page.

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • First Edition of Apocalypse Watch; Inscribed by Robert Ludlum

    Ludlum, Robert.

    Apocalypse Watch.

    New York: Bantam, 1995.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “For Peter/ Happy Birthday, Peter/ And my best/ Robert Ludlum/ 6.19.95.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $175.00

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  • First Edition of John O'Hara's Classic Appointment in Samarra

    O'Hara, John.

    Appointment in Samarra.

    New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934.

    First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Fine with a contemporary bookplate to the inner gutter, in the first issue dust jacket with a few small closed tears and general wear. A very nice example.

    Price: $5,500.00

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  • First Edition of Vonnegut's Between Time and Timbuktu or Prometheus-5; Signed by Him With a Self-Caricature

    Vonnegut, Jr., Kurt.

    Between Time and Timbuktu or Prometheus-5.

    New York: Delacorte Press/ Seymour Lawrence, 1972.

    First edition of this Vonnegut space fantasy. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut on the half-title page with a self-caricature. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $2,500.00

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  • First Edition of Stephen King's Blaze; Signed by Him

    King, Stephen; pseudonym Richard Bachman.

    Blaze.

    New York: Scribners, 2007.

    First edition of the last of the Richard Bachman novels. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Stephen King on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Fulbrook III.

    Price: $475.00

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